March 10, 2009

What's News - Health, Race & Research Conference; College to launch redesigned Web site; Nominate a CPH staffer for Employee of the Year; Cunz Hall renovation update
Faces and Places - Paskett elected to lead national association
Useful Tidbits - Representative to discuss jobs in at CDC; Denman Undergraduate Research Forum; College of Public Health Alumni Society mentoring program; HSMP Alumni Dinner; CCTS identifying health-related studies
The World We Live In - Bacterial outbreak spreads in county; Recession may worsen spread of exotic diseases; In many cities, tanning salons exceed Starbucks
Photo Finish - 'PEP Rally'

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Register Now: Health, Race & Research Conference, March 30-31
The College of Public Health is partnering with the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health and the Ohio State Center for Clinical and Translational Science to bring you the "Health, Race & Research Conference," March 30-31. The conference will unite national experts, public health researchers and community members to tackle the topic of health disparities. It will be held on the Ohio State campus at the Blackwell Hotel and Conference Center, 2110 Tuttle Park Place. Register now >

College to launch redesigned Web site, March 16

The College of Public Health will unveil its new Web site on March 16. It's a project that's been in the works for the past year and includes input from the College's faculty, students, alumni and staff. The current Web address of will remain the same. Faculty and staff will be invited to review the new site and offer suggestions before the official launch on Monday. A URL will be sent for advanced review by CPH faculty and staff.

Nominate a fellow CPH staffer for Employee of the Year award

It’s nomination time for the College of Public Health’s Employee of the Year award. The recognition program is for staff employees of the College. Past winners include Renee' Watts, Joanne Pearsol, Don Shymanski, Susan Householder and Roger Stockdale.

To be eligible, nominees must have been employed by the College for three years and demonstrate excellent relations with coworkers and the public through their actions and attitudes. Sound like someone you know? Learn more about the requirements and nomination process by reviewing the nomination form located in the “Office of the Dean” folder on the “Transfer” drive, or request a nomination form from Wendy Pramik at Deadline for nominations is March 31.

Cunz Hall renovation update

Architect Jonathan Barnes visited the College of Public Health on March 4 and 9 to share his firm's latest plans and renderings on the Cunz Hall renovation project. Some features of the new building will include two glass-enclosed exterior stairwells on the north and south side of the building (that will let in plenty of natural sunlight), an outdoor classroom off the first floor, and 11 research labs and one teaching lab on the fourth floor. The redesigned building will meet standards set forth by the U.S. Green Building Council and have a rating of “Silver” on the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ranking system. Barnes said the College of Public Health's new home should be open by fall 2011.

Cunz Hall, future home of College of Public Health


Paskett elected to lead national association

Electra Paskett, Marion N. Rowley Professor of Cancer Research in the Division of Epidemiology, was recently elected president of the American Society of Preventive Oncology. The society, which is the primary association for cancer control scientists, promotes cancer prevention and control research. Read more >

Electra Paskett

Mary Ellen Wewers, professor, Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion and associate dean for Research & Faculty Development, was highlighted in the March 5 issue of onCampus for her work on a new video series called Profiles in Research. Read more >

Representative to discuss jobs in CDC's Immunization Services Division

A representative from the Ohio Department of Health’s Bureau of Infectious Disease Control and Immunization Program will visit the College of Public Health on March 10 to inform students about four job openings in the Centers for Disease Control’s Immunization Services Division. Joe Bronowski, of the health department, will discuss the positions in detail, as well as answer any questions students may have from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in room M-008, Starling Loving Hall. View the job descriptions >

To attend the session, reply to College of Public Health Advisor Dawn Williams at (Please put CDC in the subject line.)

Applications sought for Denman Undergraduate Research Forum

Faculty members are asked to encourage students to present completed research or research in progress at the 2009 Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, to be held May 13 in the RPAC. Applications for the forum are currently available online at The deadline for submission is April 1.


College of Public Health Alumni Society mentoring program

The College of Public Health Alumni Society is looking for alumni to serve as mentors to current College of Public Health students. If you are interested, contact Jill M. Oliveri, MPH, DrPH, clinical research manager, Comprehensive Cancer Center, at 614-293-8174 or e-mail

HSMP Alumni Dinner, March 24

Mark your calendars for the Health Services Management & Policy Alumni Dinner, part of the American College of Healthcare Executives Congress on Healthcare Leadership, March 24. The event will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the Bin 36 restaurant in Chicago. Further details and registration information can be found at

For more information on the HSMP Alumni Society, e-mail Director Amy Thaci at

CCTS identifying health-related studies that engage community partners

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science Community Engagement Program is identifying health-related clinical or translational research studies that illustrate current practices in community engagement in research at Ohio State. Examples of community engagement in research identified from the recent CCTS investigator survey will automatically be considered for case studies. Others should contact Nancy Hood at or 688-3478.

Bacterial outbreak spreads in county
A shigellosis outbreak that began sickening hundreds of people in Franklin County last summer is still spreading, and city health officials have bumped up efforts to stop it. (Reported by the Columbus Dispatch). Read more >
Recession may worsen spread of exotic diseases
Scientists who specialize in emerging infectious diseases say such illnesses may become more common here as the economic downturn batters an already weakened public health system, creating environmental conditions conducive to infectious diseases spread by insects or other animals. (Reported by MSNBC.) Read more >
In many cities, tanning salons exceed Starbucks
A new study by San Diego State University public health researchers has found that not only are there still plenty of indoor tanning salons in America’s big cities, in many places there are more tanning salons than Starbucks or McDonalds. (Reported by MSNBC.) Read more >

PEP Rally - Classmates from the MPH Program for Experienced Professionals (PEP) gathered on Friday at Eddie George’s Grille 27 to celebrate the more than 300 hours they’ve spent in class and on projects since the group began the program in 2007. Eighteen of 23 students in the program attended the event. Awards were given out to instructors in such categories as “Best Power Points,” which went to Tim Buckley, “Most Dreaded Midterm,” which went to Amy Ferketich, and “Most Humorous Instructor,” which went to Randi Love. (Photo submitted by Carol Smathers.)

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Seminar: "Sparse Distance Weighted Discrimination Method with Application on Plasma SELDI-TOF Protein profiling in a Methylmercury exposed population," 12:30 to 1:18 p.m., M-100 Starling Loving Hall. Speaker: Lingsong Zhang, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Harvard University. Presented by CPH Division of Biostatistics. For more information call (614) 293-3913.


Seminar: "Swine Influenza and Public Health," 12:30 to 1:18 p.m., M-100 Starling Loving Hall. Speaker: Yan Zhang, DVM, PhD, Ohio Department of Agriculture. Presented by the CPH Division of Environmental Health Sciences.


Reception for CPH winter graduates. 4-5:30 p.m., Starling Loving Hall room M-100. E-mail by March 13 to attend.

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